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RSN Robotic Raft

The common carp is an invasive species of fish which poses a significant threat across the Midwest. This species pollutes lakes by uprooting plants and releasing large quantities of harmful nutrients while bottom-feeding. It is important to track and control the species — which is what Professor Peter Sorensen, a leading expert of fish behavior in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, is dedicated to doing. In an effort to study fish behavior, Dr. Sorensen’s team tags the carp with radio emitters. But the process is labor-intensive. The fish are caught and emitters…

Starbug AUV

Starbug is an inexpensive, miniature autonomous underwater vehicle ideal for data collection and ecosystem surveys. Starbug is small enough to be launched by one person without the need for specialised equipment, such as cranes, and it operates with minimal to no human intervention. Starbug was one of the first autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) in the world where vision is the primary means of navigation and control.  

UAV Challenge Outback Rescue 2007

The UAV Challenge is an Aerial Robotics competition run for high-school students, university students and hobbyists. The event started in 2007 and is held annually in Kingaroy, Queensland Australia. This video was compiled after the first event in 2007.  

Vision based Microassembly of 3D Solid and Complex MEMS

Vision based Microassembly of 3D Solid and Complex MEMS   Contributors: B. Tamadatze, E. Marchand, S. Dembele, N. Le Fort-Plat   The video shows an automatic assembly of fives silicon microparts of 400 µm x 400 µm x 100 µm on 3-levels. Each microassembly subtask is performed using a pose-based visual control which uses a CAD model-based tracker. The assembly clearance is estimated to 3 µm that allows to obtain solid and complex micro electro-mechanical structures without any external joining (glue, wending).  

TC AgRA – Webinar 3 – The Future of Precision Farming, Designing Systems for the Farm of Tomorrow

Simon Blackmore is a key figure in the development of Precision Farming and agricultural robotics with a world-wide reputation. He worked for twelve years in Africa and Europe before starting his academic career and now collaborates with many universities around the world to help develop Precision Farming and agricultural robotics.   Five of his most recent positions and accomplishments include: -Head of Engineering at Harper Adams University College, UK (www.harper-adams.ac.uk) -Consultant to the Precision Agriculture Research Chair at KSU in Saudi Arabia -Project manager of the EU funded Future Farm project (www.futurefarm.eu) -Founder of UniBots. (www.unibots.com) -Head of the AgroTechnology…

TC AgRA – Webinar 4 -An Autonomous Robot for Greenhouses and Vineyards

Giovanni Muscato is Full Professor of Robotics at University of Catania, Italy. His current research interest includes service robotics, agricultural robotics and environmental robotics. He was the coordinator of the EC project Robovolc and is the local coordinator of several national and European projects in robotics. He is the author of more than 250 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings and three books in the fields of control and robotics. Prof. Muscato is the Co-chair of the IEEE Service Robotics Technical Committee and is with the Board of Trustees of the Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR) Association.   Abstract:…

TC AgRA – Webinar 2 – Robotics Control of Broad Leaved Weeds in Dairy Pastures

Frits K. van Evert received an M.Sc. in Agronomy from Wageningen University and a Ph.D. in Soils from Washington State University. He has worked in general agronomy, analysis of agricultural systems, and vision & robotics. He has worked in Niger, The United States, and The Netherlands. Currently, he is a researcher at Wageningen University and Research Centre and works on nitrogen nutrition and crop growth modeling in potatoes, on sustainability of agricultural systems, and on agricultural robotics.   Abstract Broad-leaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius L.) is a common and troublesome grassland weed with a wide geographic distribution. In organic farming, the…

TC AgRA – Webinar 5 – Robotic Leaf Probing Via Segmentation of Range Data Into Surface Patches

Babette Dellen studied physics in Cologne and received her PhD in physics from the Washington University in St. Louis, where she investigated mechanisms of biological motion processing in mammals and birds. At a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Goettingen, she worked mainly in computer vision. She is now a Ramon y Cajal fellow at the Institute de Robotica i Informatica in Barcelona. Her research focus is computer vision for applications in robotics.   Abstract: We present a novel method for the robotized probing of plant leaves using Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensors. Plant images are segmented…

TC AgRA – Webinar 32 – Bringing Aerial Robots Closer to Crops Sensing, Sampling, and Safety

Dr. Carrick Detweiler is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He co-directs and co-founded the Nebraska Intelligent MoBile Unmanned Systems (NIMBUS) Lab at UNL, which focuses on developing software and systems for small aerial robots and sensor systems. Carrick obtained his B.A. in 2004 from Middlebury College and his Ph.D. in 2010 from MIT CSAIL. He is a Faculty Fellow at the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at UNL and recently received the 2014 College of Engineering Henry Y. Kleinkauf Family Distinguished New Faculty Teaching Award. He is currently…

TC AgRA – Webinar 33 – Robotic Apple Harvesting in Washington State

Joe Davidson received the B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., in 2004. After completing military service, he was a project manager with CH2M Hill from 2009 to 2012. He received the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University (WSU) in 2013 and is currently a Ph.D. student in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at WSU. His research interests include dynamics, field robotics, numerical analysis, and additive manufacturing.   Speaker: Abhisesh Silwal Abhisesh Silwal received the B.Eng. degree in Electronics and Communication from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, in 2009 and the M.Eng. degree…

TC AgRA – Webinar 35 – Autonomously Determining the Shape of Trees

Dr. Amy Tabb holds degrees from Sweet Briar College (B.A. Math/Computer Science and Music), Duke University (M.A. Music), and Purdue University (M.S. and Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering) and currently holds the position of Research Agricultural Engineer at a United States Department of Agriculture lab in Kearneysville, West Virginia. There, she has been engaged is creating systems for automation in the tree fruit industry. Her research interests are within the fields computer vision and robotics, in particular the three-dimensional reconstruction of complex objects.   Abstract: The problems of automated tree pruning and phenotyping require the estimation of the shape of…

TC AgRA – Webinar 36 – Bin Dog, A Self Propelled Platform for Bin Management in Orchards

Geoffrey A. Hollinger is an Assistant Professor in the Robotics Program and School of Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University. His current research interests are in adaptive information gathering, distributed coordination, and learning for autonomous aerial, marine, and ground robotic systems. His past research includes networked underwater robotics at the University of Southern California, multi-robot search at Carnegie Mellon University, personal robotics at Intel Research Pittsburgh, active estimation at the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Laboratory, and miniature inspection robots for the Space Shuttle at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. He received his Ph.D. (2010) and M.S. (2007)…

TC AgRA – Webinar 37 – 4D Crop Analysis for Plant Geometry Estimation in Precision Agriculture

Luca Carlone is a postdoctoral associate in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining MIT, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Tech (2013-2015), a visiting researcher at the University of California Santa Barbara (2011), and a visiting researcher at the University of Zaragoza (2010). He got his Ph.D. from Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 2012. His research interests include nonlinear estimation, optimization, and control applied to robotics, with special focus on localization, mapping, and decision making for navigation in single and multi robot systems. For more information, please visit www.lucacarlone.com  …

TC AgRA – Webinar 38 – Heterogenous Robot Assisted Measurement

Dr. Joshua Peschel received the B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering (2001), M.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering (2004), and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering (2012), from Texas A&M University. He is currently Research Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, with separate appointments in the Carl W. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Computational Science & Engineering, and the Illinois Informatics Institute, and he directs the Human-Infrastructure Interaction Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Peschel’s current research interests focus on creating new technologies such as low-cost land, sea, and air robots, and machine vision algorithms, to improve…

TC AgRA – Webinar 39 – Improving Autonomous Orchard Vehicles Trajectory Tracking

Dr. Gokhan Bayar is a professor of Mechanical Engineering Department at the Bulent Ecevit University in Zonguldak, Turkey, where he leads projects and teaches courses in robotics, mechatronics, and control systems. His main interests are the design, development, modeling, and control of mobile robots and autonomous ground vehicles; and low-cost and high-resolution lidar systems for autonomous vehicle applications—especially as applied to problems in agriculture. Dr. Bayar earned M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering Department from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. During his Ph.D. studies, he spent a year in the Field Robotics Center, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon…

TC AgRA – Webinar 42 – Practical and Precise Perception for Vineyards

Dr. Mark Whitty is a Lecturer in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at UNSW Australia and the leader of the Smart Robotic Viticulture (SRV) group. His research interests include precision agriculture, mobile robots, 3D mapping, indoor localisation and image processing. These have been applied in field robotics including current work on yield estimation in viticulture. He is the Chief Investigator for a Wine Australia project titled “Improved Yield Estimation for the Australian Wine Industry” and is engaged in projects for water stress detection and maturity estimation using mobile and lightweight sensors.   Abstract: Accurate yield estimation is a…

TC AgRA – Webinar 43 – Automated Weed Detection in Crops Using Flying Robots

Dr. Yasir Niaz Khan obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Tubingen in 2013. During his Ph.D. he conducted research on detection of terrain (ground surfaces) using a camera mounted on a flying and a ground robot. Upon completing his graduate studies, Dr. Khan started teaching robotics at FAST-NU, Lahore, Pakistan. He started a new robotics Lab at FAST-NU for robotics students to promote robotics in Pakistan. Dr. Khan supervised many national and international level robotic events held at FAST-NU where professors and students from different universities presented their works in robotics field. Dr. Khan joined the University of Central…

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